I believe that Orwell's vision in 1984 has come to pass. You? What marvels me is that this book was written in 1949 (before the age of television, internet, and advanced technology) but that it describes life in the 21st Century almost exactly. Specifically what is amazing is Orwell's description of the modern police surveillance state that has civilian spies and spying technology monitoring every aspect of individual life. Did you know that what we watch on TV just as in Owell's screen monitors are recorded and monitored by police? Did you know that emails, telephone calls, and all types of communication are also? Did you know that just as in the book, children are recruited to be the eyes and ears of the police state since before they can speak? And isn't in interesting how "social media" communication is eerily similar to the type of speech forced upon people in the book?--"OMG, lol." Make no mistake, the description of insane asylums and prisons, and their authorities is also right on mark, especially if you dare speak about our modern police state. He even got the part about affecting the heat of the core of the earth right--did you know that's what HAARP can do? The man envisioned it all, not under communism or capitalism, but under what we know now in the 21st Century as everyday social life. The book is a military and para-military vision of utopia.  

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There are some very interesting conspiratorial claims on this thread, but unfortunately very little evidence to back them up. Simply saying that we don't recognize "the level to which we are controlled" does not suffice as evidence--perhaps we don't recognize the pernicious tentacles of the state in our everyday lives because they are not, in fact, there.

Could we be more diligent in our protection of civil liberties in this country? Absolutely. And I'll agree that the last decade or so has seen some disturbing trends--warrantless surveillance and the use of drones to name just two. But it seems a bit of a reach to claim that the citizens of the United States are in any way subjected to the kind of totalitarian control that Orwell explores in 1984

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We are living in an Orwellian future in some respects.  There are cameras everywhere.  We have a huge class divide.  We seem to be in a state of perpetual war.  Our government and our politicians are continually lying to us, and so is the media.

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I think that society has reached a point where many of the conditions described in 1984 are becoming possible. I don't think we're being monitored that closely, at least not the average Joes among us. It does make Orwell look like a pretty smart guy though.

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I am pretty surprised by your statement that the police monitor what we watch on our televisions and what we say in our emails and phone calls.  I would be very interested in seeing evidence of this.  It seems very unlikely that A) the police would have the technology to do some of this (monitoring what we watch on TV), B) they would be interested in doing so, and C) that they would have the manpower to surveil us to the extent that you suggest.

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